Srinagar: Life in Kashmir Valley Saturday returned to normal after authorities lifted curfew from all
parts and the hardline Hurriyat Conference decided to exempt
the day from the purview of its protest calendar.
The markets in Srinagar and other major towns were
abuzz with activity as shopkeepers opened their outlets ahead
of their usual schedule this morning.
While government offices remained closed on account of
a public holiday in the state, private offices and other
commercial establishments opened as per their normal schedule,
All modes of transport were operating on all routes in
the city and other inter-district routes, they said.
A police spokesman said the situation across the
Kashmir Valley was peaceful so far.
"The situation at this hour is normal and under
control throughout the Valley," the spokesman said.
He said curfew has been lifted from all parts of the
Valley but restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, which
prohibits assembly of four or more persons at any public
place, were in force in Palhala, Delina (Baramulla district),
Pampore, Tral and Awantipora (Pulwama district) areas.
Authorities had yesterday imposed curfew in parts of
four districts -- Srinagar, Pulwama, Kupwara and Baramulla --
following apprehensions of breach of peace after Friday
Kashmir Valley has been in the grip of violent
protests since June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after
getting hit by a tear smoke shell during clashes at Rajouri
Kadal in interior city.